Daily Archives: June 10, 2010

Meat Loaf’s song suddenly makes Sense

You know the one…about doing anything for love, except for that.  To be precise, he proclaims in the power ballad that “I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that.”  What is your antecedent, Meat Loaf?  I’m not certain it matters what Meat Loaf would not do for love, not definitively.  For me, no interpretation resonated until minutes ago.  I recently reviewed an indie film called I Ran Against Us (N.T. Bullock, 2009) for FilmThreat.

Here is an excerpt of the review:
Recall the last time you ended a relationship on account of fear, irreconcilable differences, or a wounded ego.  Assuming that you never thought about giving the relationship a second chance, what would it take for you to (pretend to) be a couple again?  Would you do it for a family or high school reunion? For love of one’s country? What about debt relief?  Seems too ludicrous to ponder, but director-writer N.T. Bullock and writer-producer Jared Hopkins pose and answer these questions in witty, spirited fashion in “I Ran Against Us” (2009).

Months after Jon Mackintosh (Griffin Hood) broke up with his girlfriend Sandy Redmond (Leanne Cochran), three government agents appear at his door and inform him that the front page news and TV broadcasts are telling the truth: due to foreign policy decisions made by the United States, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has threatened to stir up stateside destruction if Jon and Sandy remain separated.  Jon cooperates without much fuss, once Brad (Matt Madden), the new boyfriend, has been incapacitated and dropped off in Mexico.  Sandy, on the other hand, agrees on the condition that Agent Focal (Ladson Deyne) ensures that her student loans magically disappear.  All that Jon and Sandy need to do is hold a press conference and convince the world that they’re really back together.

Read the rest here.

The only other thoughts I’d like to add is that Bullock’s film looks fantastic in black-and-white.  I don’t recall the last time I watched a contemporary film and felt the absence of color was so appropriate and so natural with respect to the way the story is presented.  Ladson Deyne, who plays Agent Focal, reminded me of a mix between William Fichtner and John GloverLeanne Cochran, the female lead, made me think of a young Catherine KeenerGriffin Hood, the male lead, has surely lost count of how many times people think he’s Ryan Gosling with bigger eyes.

The pacing in the final ten minutes rolls to a different setting compared to the rest of the film; there’s an added urgency that upstages the time-space continuum.  Perceived time, cinema time, etc etc.  If the director is taking ideas for future project, I’d like to suggest Seven Brides for Seven Brothers without the musical numbers and named “Seven Hides for Seven Blunders” instead.

So, what does Meat Loaf’s song have anything to do with this film?  Clearly, one would do anything for love, but one would perhaps not do it to appease an unfriendly political entity.  The premise of I Ran Against Us relates to my entry about rewriting history too.  What would you do if you were in the situation as the protagonists?